Board of Directors
Meet Mojiva's Board Of Directors
Bennett Theimann, CEO
Bennett Theimann recently joined us from TargetSpot, the largest digital audio advertising network, where he helped build the company during his three years as CFO.
Prior to TargetSpot, Bennett spent five years at international media giant Lagardere Group, holding positions as Chief Procurement Officer at magazine publisher HFM US, and CFO of Cellfish Media US, a producer and marketer of mobile content.
Before Cellfish Media, Bennett led an acquisition team at Axel Springer Group to acquire the international editions and licensing operations of a global American newsmagazine brand and was designated to run the business upon successful conclusion of the deal.
He began his career in media at Gruner+Jahr, the magazine division of Bertelsmann, Inc. , where held positions in the offices of the President of Gruner+Jahr in Hamburg, Germany, Deputy Director of the International Magazine Division in Paris, France, before moving to New York in 1997 as Director of Financial Planning of Gruner+Jahr USA. He subsequently held positions as VP, Business Development and VP/General Manager of the Business Innovator Group, overseeing the Inc. and Fast Company brands after their acquisition by Gruner+Jahr USA.
Bennett holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College and a MA in Economics from the University of Paris-IX-Dauphine. He speaks English, French and German.
Dan Goikhman, SVP Strategic Alliances & Co-Founder
Prior to Mojiva, Goikhman spent several years consulting numerous Fortune 100 firms in critical areas including, New Business Development, Customer Relationship Management, Operational Risk, Outsourcing, and Project Risk Management.
Notably, Dan was an AVP, Operational Risk at RBS Greenwich Capital and Manager in the American Express Operational Risk Services Group tasked with providing independent review, analysis and guidance on processes and controls, identifying and communicating new and emerging risks, and developing, supporting and analyzing an Operational Risk Management Framework.
Before joining American Express, Dan was a consultant within KPMG's IT Advisory services practice with a focus on New-Business initiatives including proposal development for sourcing consulting services to several Fortune 500 companies.
Miles Spencer, Founder and Chairman
For over twenty years, Miles has distinguished himself as a creator of ideas, a builder of businesses, and a leader of organizations. His angel group, Vaux les Ventures, has interests in over a dozen companies where he helped form the original team, provided the original capital, or both. Miles’ vision, combined with Dan and Krish’s expertise and enthusiasm, was the spark that became Mojiva. Capital events following his efforts have realized over a billion dollars of value for shareholders, including notable successes in digital media like Register.com, Operative, Cellufun and of course, Mojiva.
Urs Cete, Principal & CFO @ BDMI- Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments
Urs joined the corporate venture capital unit of the global media group Bertelsmann in 2006. Before that Urs was responsible for group controlling and special projects as a Director of Corporate Controlling & Strategy at Bertelsmann’s headquarters in Germany. Urs sits on the board of Mojiva, Blue Lion Mobile and Exit Games.
Blake Modersitzki, Managing Director at Pelion Venture Partners
Blake joined the firm in 2002, he brings 22 years of entrepreneurial, venture, and industry operating experience in infrastructure software, internet, communications, wireless, and e-commerce software and has been in the venture capital industry since 1997.
Mike Perlis, President and CEO at Forbes Media
Mr. Perlis joined Forbes from SoftBank Capital, where he served as a General Partner. Before joining SoftBank, he served as President and CEO of Ziff-Davis Publishing until its sale in 2000. Earlier in his career, Mr. Perlis served as Publisher of GQ, President of the Playboy Publishing Group, Publisher of Runner’s World and Men’s Health, and Chairman and CEO of IDG Peterborough.
He began his career in media as the co-founder of New England Publications in Camden, Maine. Mr. Perlis currently serves on the boards of BuzzFeed and Mojiva as well as the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). He served on the board and was chairman of Associated Content before its sale to Yahoo!.
Previous board observer positions include GSI Commerce (sold to eBay), The Huffington Post (sold to AOL) and KickApps (sold to KIT digital). He is on the Board of Advisors of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and is a trustee of Outward Bound.
William J. Wynperle, Partner at Shamrock Capital Advisors
Will is a Shamrock Capital Advisors Partner with over 14 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience. Will currently serves as a director of Learfield Communicatinos, Inc. and K2 Towers. Previously, he served on the boards of Media Storm, TeleGuam Holdings, PRN, and LifeStage Media Group before Shamrock exited these investments.
Will is also a board member of the US Lacrosse Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates in support of US Lacrosse, the sport's national governing body. He is also a former board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Dartmouth Alumni Association and the co-founder of the UCLA Anderson Venture Capital/Private Equity Alumni Group. Prior to joining Shamrock in 1998, Will was an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Smith Barney, Inc.
Mike Lasalle, Partner at Shamrock Capital Advisors
Mike is a Shamrock Capital Advisors Partner with over 10 years of media, entertainment, and communications investment experience. Mike currently serves as a director of Mojiva, INgrooves, Media Storm, and Harlem Globetrotters International. Previously, he served on the board of Modern Luxury Media before Shamrock exited this investment.
Mike is also on the leadership council for the Los Angeles Posse Foundation and was a board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and co-founder of the Southern California Association of Private Equity Investors. Prior to joining Shamrock in 2000, Mike was an investment banker at the mergers and acquisitions boutique, Putnam Lovell Securities.
Mike graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a Venture Fellow.
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